The Higgs government has named Bernard Riordon as transitional CEO of the New Brunswick Museum. He replaces Bill Hicks who retired earlier this year.

Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace says Riordon was an Order of Canada recipient in 2002 and has authored over 50 books and publications on art and artists in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. She says Riordon will be instrumental in revitalizing the museum and establishing a new path forward.

The Minister says that path will include launching a national campaign to help fund infrastructure improvements and endowments. That follows a controversial decision by the Higgs government to cancel plans for a new museum facility on the waterfront bordering Fundy Quay and Market Square. Plans for the new museum were unveiled by Premier Brian Gallant’s Liberal government prior to the 2018 provincial election.